LITERACY IS FOR EVERYONE

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OUR MISSION

Beyond Basics is a child-centered, literacy focused nonprofit organization. We provide one-on-one reading tutoring and literacy enrichment programs for K-12 students and achieve grade level movement in six to twelve weeks. Beyond Basics’ proven methods are life-changing for the kids we reach, opening a whole new world and future to those who need it most.

CORE PROGRAMS

  • One-on-One Reading Tutoring (K-12)
  • Reading Readiness  (lower elementary) / SOAR (9-12)
  • Reading Buddies / Leader Readers
  • Free Book Program
  • Publishing Center
  • International Art and Writing
  • Expanding Horizons
    • Mentoring Matters Partners
    • Caring for Kids Donation Program

A Day in the Life

Beyond Basics gets students reading and excited about learning. We’ve done this work in Detroit public schools since 2002 and have met inspiring students with amazing stories.

 Conquering illiteracy one neighborhood at a time

WXYZ Detroit – The number of people who cannot read in this country is astounding at 32 million adults, and in Detroit it’s shocking that nearly half of the population is illiterate.

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Beyond Basics 2018 Literacy Summit

Beyond Basics held its Literacy Summit at Mumford High School on March 1st to kick off National Reading Month that included students, teachers, community activists, foundations, the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Board and local journalists. 

Literacy center opening, offers free literacy, GED and SAT prep courses

WDIV-TV – New Beyond Basics Family Literacy Center will help students and families struggling with literacy issues.

Reading within sight for more Detroit students

By Pamela Good

A new day is dawning in Detroit.

Beyond Basics recently announced “Literacy in Detroit: Be the Solution” — a $30 million fundraising campaign to support our one-on-one tutoring program in Detroit Public Schools Community District, targeting high school students not reading at grade level, at the request of Nikolai Vitti, DPSCD superintendent.

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STEM and literacy driving auto industry’s future

By Pamela Good

STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) has proved successful in exciting students about careers in STEM fields. Adding the arts/design to this mix of skills has resulted in even more well-rounded students, creating a STEAM movement.

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Crain’s Detroit Business

By Pamela Good

Literacy is a critical building block of an academic foundation that supports a child’s educational success and future as a productive self-sustaining adult. Unfortunately, this essential building block is missing for hundreds of thousands of students showing up to school each day. Illiteracy has reached a crisis level as it has not been fully addressed or understood for decades.

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Who will save Detroit’s Schools

Featuring Pamela Good

Dismal reading scores sparked a lawsuit on behalf of seven Detroit students in 2016, arguing that students are being denied their right of access to literacy. But a lawsuit alone is not going to solve this illiteracy epidemic.

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The Mars Agency Volunteers!

July 27, 2017
The Mars Agency, and advertising firm in Southfield, MI, sent some employees to volunteer in our office today. They ask...
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Blossoms of Birmingham Donates Centerpieces for Ladies Luncheon

June 1, 2017
Beyond Basics is excited to announce that famed local florist Blossoms of Birmingham will be donating the floral table centerpieces...
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Detroit News: Stop the school reform merry-go-round

May 16, 2017
Education leaders should take a lesson from the medical world. The overprescription of antibiotics has led to a growing resistance...
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C.H.E.P. Volunteers!

April 21, 2017
A huge thank you to our volunteers from CHEP! We cannot thank these men and women enough. They assisted us...
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